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We Love Kate Spade
We’ve loved the Kate Spade brand for a long time. But, what we’re loving even more is the announcement of a new line, Kate Spade Saturday, targeting a younger demographic and at a lower price point. We’re excited about the news and looking forward to seeing what this means for the in-store environment. Kate Spade New York stores are known for the brand’s signature storytelling style and colorful brand personality, and we’re hoping “Saturday” will bring the same upbeat energy. Stay tuned; you know we’ll be watching.

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Local as a Lifestyle

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I’ve always loved the concept “Think globally, act locally,” and my personal goal in 2014 is to bring that thinking more into my everyday life. First, I will start with the products I purchase, but more specifically, the food I eat. My goal is to go beyond perishables and explore the availability of artisan, shelf-stable food staples. Gourmet pantry items are no new trend, as is obvious when browsing the curated food sections of online powerhouses Gilt and Fab. With the locavore food movement showing no signs of waning, the next logical step for any local-minded consumer is to explore the offering of pantry items produced miles from their doorstep. Ohio, with our diverse agricultural and natural offerings, seems to be poised to take full advantage of this trend.

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Educating & Empowering Healthy Choices

Consumers, especially millennials, value brands that stand for more than simply the products they sell. And some brands are recognizing that it’s not just good enough to provide healthy options; they have also taken on the responsibility of educating consumers on healthy options and helping to empower them to make better choices.

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Whole Foods, known for their high standards in natural and organic products, also places a high importance on nutrition and wellness education specifically with children, through their Whole Kids Foundation. In an effort to end the childhood obesity epidemic, the brand supports and funds initiatives that help provide salad bars in schools—raising awareness and increasing kids’ exposure to healthier options.

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It’s a Beervolution

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This fair skinned blonde loves a good Pale and Strong Ale. Heck, throw in a Stout for dessert, and I’m set. Clearly I’m not alone in my love, especially in Columbus, where the beer snobbery and hop demands are in full force. We have also seen this passion in some of our current clients and others from grocery to restaurants to specialty retail. If I had to guess, and in simple terms, I think we started to drink our way out of some tough economic times. And, maybe, just maybe, we are celebrating some better horizons now. I have highlighted some of the best new local spots for both selection and design.

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Sprout It: Garden Without Guessing

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I have a friend who has always had the best garden; throughout the summer her yard and kitchen are filled with fresh herbs and vegetables that cannot be beat by anything bought from the grocery store. I have always been a little envious of her green thumb but never had the confidence to try out my own. Lucky for me, and everyone else who has ever hesitated to start a garden of their own, she put her gardening and design expertise to work and created Sprout it; a web based app that takes the “guessing out of gardening.”

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Created by Sarah Bush, Matt Armstead, Brooke Paul and R. Brian Stone, Sprout It helps users to design and maintain their garden by guiding them through growing plans, planting tips and advice and notices that are specific to your garden and location.

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Earth Fare Exceeds Expectations

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As a lover of good cheese and all things delicious, I would consider myself a foodie. Sadly, my location in the Columbus area isn’t near the healthier grocery stores (think Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s) that offer more options than the traditional grocers. I do my grocery shopping at Kroger and Giant Eagle for proximity reasons (and I’m lucky to have newer store concepts of both). But, to buy cheese and more gourmet items, I’ll make the trek to Whole Foods.

I noticed construction was underway for a new store nearby, and I was hoping it might be a Whole Foods. After much research, I discovered that Earth Fare, The Healthy Supermarket (that’s what they call themselves), was going to open. Would they fulfill my dreams of cheese, upscale nuts and an organic wine selection close to home?

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An HBA Overhaul

Sometimes our retail inspiration comes from big cities or overseas, and sometimes all it takes is a trip to our local grocery store. My Giant Eagle has been undergoing renovations over the last several months. Most of my trips there are just for fresh produce, but as I’ve watched the departments each go through their individual unveiling of improvements, I was encouraged to browse a little more and explore what was new.

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What I stumbled upon was a beauty department…wait, did I just say department? Yeah, I guess I did, and with good reason. The typical health and beauty area has gone through a real transformation or beauty rejuvenation. From the flooring to the signage and lighting, the environment has definitely been elevated.

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